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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 26, 2013 4:19am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade


Despite loss in Stanley Cup finals, this team’s real winner
Wednesday, June 26, 2013

By:
Ron Borges

Maybe they don’t quite deserve the duck boats, but the Bruins deserve a parade.

Put them all in Zipcars if you feel that’s all that’s appropriate, but the way the Bruins fought until they had nothing left to give in the Stanley Cup finals deserves not lamentation but salutations.

Sure they lost in six games to the Chicago Blackhawks. Sure they allowed two goals in 17 seconds with only 1:16 left in the third period Monday while holding a 2-1 lead, after killing off a Blackhawks power play minutes earlier, that would have sent them back to Chicago for a Game 7 both teams knew could go either way.

The Bruins were the essence of Boston Strong. They were down but never out. What did these Bruins really lose besides a dented cup? Nothing but a game.

Games are important, of course, but how you play them is more important. There can be only one winner, but that does not mean there has to be a loser. In this series there was no loser, just only one Cup to hand out.

Truth be told, the Blackhawks were a goal better than the Bruins. There is no shame in that and nothing else that can be concluded. That’s how it went the last three games, all won by Chicago. It’s how it went the entire series.

It’s all that was between them when things began with a triple-overtime loss and the Bruins had at least a semblance of health, and it was just as true at the end when coach Claude Julien had to base every decision he made not on what was best for his team, but on who was the least injured.

That’s no way to win a Stanley Cup, but it’s often how you lose one. The icy road to Lord Stanley’s trophy is a survivalist test. No wonder kooky Tim Thomas did so well playing for it.

The Blackhawks were the better team because they were the healthier team. That is not to minimize their achievement or ignore the fact they had their own need for ice packs and bandages, but the carnage that was the Bruins by those stunning 17 seconds bore little resemblance to the roster Julien started with.

That is not an excuse for losing nor is it a rationalization. It’s a fact. So is the fact the Blackhawks were a goal better when it counted. But think about it. Who’d you rather saddle up with for a battle?

“I’m going to stand here and let you know how proud I am of our team, how those guys battled right until the end,” Julien said after the issue had been long settled. “Without getting into all these injuries today because it’s not the time, we battled through a lot. This is a good group of guys and it’s unfortunate that it takes a loser in these kinds of situations, but it doesn’t take away the fact that you can be just as proud of them. This is not a time to make excuses. They’ve got injuries, too. As the series went on, I’m talking about since the start of the Stanley Cup, we had some injuries and it’s hard to keep guys out. They want to play through it and some guys were able to do that.

“I think the biggest challenge for me was probably these last few games starting with a full roster but not being able to end with it. Somewhere along the way you have to shorten your bench because you don’t have four lines and players were getting hurt either at the beginning or middle of the game, so that was probably the biggest challenge. But playing hurt is part of it and our guys did that, and that’s why I said earlier you’ve got to be extremely proud of those guys. It’s going to take a little while before we can realize the accomplishment that we had in making it to the finals again, but right now it doesn’t feel good.”

Neither did many of Julien’s players feel good. When Julien said Patrice Bergeron’s injury after Game 5 was “body,” he wasn’t kidding.

By now you know the litany: broken rib, torn rib cartilage, separated shoulder. Never mind playing hockey. How did Bergeron put on his slippers?

Nathan Horton was never the same after his shoulder came out of the socket one time too many. Jaromir Jagr had to leave the bench in the second period of Game 6 after being doubled over from some malady nobody even bothered to ask about, everyone having grown numb to such things by then.

Gregory Campbell was on crutches, Tyler Seguin hinted his hip was bothering him again, and one of these days we’re likely to find out Zdeno Chara was playing with the kind of problems that would cause most of us to file for workman’s comp, not go work a double shift.

That’s why the Bruins deserve a parade. Not because they held up the Cup, but because they never bowed down.

“You never got me down, Ray!” a bloodied and beaten Jake LaMotta growls in “Raging Bull” to Ray Robinson. “You hear me, Ray? Never got me down, Ray!”

That’s the Bruins. Never got me down, Ray.
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Poster: Finster Baby Date: Jun 26, 2013 10:30am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

2nd place = 1st loser.
Losers don't get parades.
This guy can't be serious. Perhaps the other 14 teams that made the playoffs should get participation trophies as well.....

This post was modified by Finster Baby on 2013-06-26 17:30:29

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 26, 2013 10:44am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

you just didnt get the article...

but thanks fore chiming in.

2nd place = 1st loser.???????????????????????????????????

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Poster: ColdRain108 Date: Jun 26, 2013 3:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

That was one hard hitting game. After Chicago survived the first period I figured they might just win as it appeared the Bruins threw everything they had at them. Like a heavyweight surviving a knockdown in the first round just to come back and win it in the 12th. Those are some tough guys for sure, on both teams. Getting hit in the face with the puck and then bleeding out on the ice is a nice touch. Broken ribs...can't even breath. Pro sports championships are generally last man standing events. The team with the least injuries to key players ends up winning. Especially Football and Hockey where they beat the crap out of each other all season long.

when the game ended the channels changed...

http://lastangryfan.com/2013/06/bruins-fans-drowned-their-sorrows-following-stanley-cup-finals-loss-with-porn/

must be why all the sports talk radio stations are funded by "male enhancement" product ads.

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Poster: pinyonjay Date: Jun 28, 2013 10:30pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

Yes the Bruins were tough - but a parade? Is he kidding?

The Craw - https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=Rq3AgRwcCt4

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 29, 2013 4:34am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

actually , yes, he was kidding.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 29, 2013 5:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

Borges is usually as snarky as Shaunessy and that article is finally worthy of how well the Bruins did in fact play and he's right. They left it all on the ice--from Campbell's broken leg to Bergy's punctured lung--and the Jake La Motta analogy is a good one.

No shame losing to the Hawks and they showed class unlike the Canuckleheads in '11...woulda hurt way worse losing to them.

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Poster: grendelschoice Date: Jun 29, 2013 5:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

Borges is usually as snarky as Shaunessy and that article is finally worthy of how well the Bruins did in fact play and he's right. They left it all on the ice--from Campbell's broken leg to Bergy's punctured lung--and the Jake La Motta analogy is a good one.

No shame losing to the Hawks and they showed class unlike the Canuckleheads in '11...woulda hurt way worse losing to them.

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 29, 2013 6:40am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

Exactly.

You got it.

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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 26, 2013 12:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

"If it wasn't for those last two goals"...blah blah blah...sure, if he wasn't retarded, he would be a smart guy, sure, if I just would have picked those winning numbers, I would be a millionaire, if Jerry just didn't smoke and do drugs and eat like shit, we would all be going to Dead shows...

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 26, 2013 1:13pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade



" if Jerry just didn't smoke and do drugs and eat like shit, we would all be going to Dead shows... "

then there would never have been the grateful dead.



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Poster: stratocaster Date: Jun 26, 2013 3:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

therein lies the paradox...

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 27, 2013 3:11am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

if Bobby Orr had current medical technology back then he would never have played for the Black Hawks.

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Jun 26, 2013 7:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

Wow RB, Borges wrote something positive about a Boston franchise, holy shit that is duck boat worthy on his part, the way he constantly takes small issues and tries to turn them into huge deals. I have no issue with the media writing stories negatively when deserved ( see the Patriots now with the Hernandez arrest, the Pats should be questioned as to why they gave him that contract, they should not be critizised for his actions though) but Borges seems to revel in trying to make something out of nothing but good for him for this column because the B's showed massive grit and balls ( real grit and balls, not the fake NBA kind) but good for Borges and the Bruins! Now I can look forward to the Pats camp and the B's in October!

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Poster: RBNW....new and improved! Date: Jun 26, 2013 1:39pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

A 77-year-old Boston Bruins fan has revealed that the team gave her tickets for life when she said she couldn't afford them anymore.

According to The Boston Globe, Marge Bishop of Gloucester, Mass., has had front-row seats for the Bruins since the late 1960s. Bishop, who worked in customer service for Tupperware for years, and her husband, who works in construction, decided they couldn't afford their tickets when prices of their seats went from $73 to $90 in 2004.

Because Bishop was known around the rink -- Zamboni drivers knew her by name because she gave them chocolates between periods -- the Bruins asked whether she would be willing to move to cheaper seats, but she declined.

Then she received a call from the son of owner Jeremy Jacobs, Charlie Jacobs.

According to The Globe, he invited her to a Jimmy Fund event at Fenway Park, then asked her to join the season-ticket advisory board. Even though the renewal window had closed, he also made sure her tickets weren't released to the public. So the Bishops stuck with them.

When the 2006-07 season came around and the tickets went from $90 to $150, however, that was it. Bishop said they were done. Again Jacobs stepped in, inviting her to a behind-the-scenes tour of TD Garden. He showed her his plastic card that allowed him access to all games and areas of the arena.

"He could go to any game he wanted at any time," Bishop said, according to the Globe. "At first I didn't know why he was showing me it."

Then Jacobs gave her her own card.

"It was the most unbelievable gesture," Bishop said, according to the newspaper. "People just don't do things like that."

She kept the gesture to herself for years but finally decided she wanted the world to know about Jacobs' generosity.

"I'm just a regular person," Bishop said, according to The Globe. "And I've been given this remarkable once-in-a-lifetime gift. It's incredible. It's the most remarkable story."

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 26, 2013 10:05am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

Pats camp WITHOUT Mr. Aaron "What security camera?" Hernandez. Some guys just can't escape their past.

Huge waste of talent. Although I'm pretty sure some team will pick him up (unless he's in one of the Massachusetts Correctional Facilities).

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Jun 26, 2013 10:38am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

Glad the pats released him but my son is crushed, him, gronk and Brady are his favorites and he got meet and hang out with Hernandez last year. He is crushed, I told him we will get him a new shirt to replace his Hernandez jersey! Waste of talent and it js a shame all around, one family lost a son, brother, father and another man just lost all opportunities. I don't think after what is leaking out that he is going to be picked up by anyone any time soon!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 26, 2013 10:47am
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

Figure he'd be a perfect fit for the Raiders.


(insert rim shot here)

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Poster: deadhead53 Date: Jun 26, 2013 12:10pm
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I am not sure if even the Raiders would sign him now that he has been charged with murder and 5 (f'n 5 gun charges?) holy shite!

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Poster: SomeDarkHollow Date: Jun 26, 2013 12:46pm
Forum: GratefulDead Subject: Re: Borges: Bruins deserve a parade

Yep. He's done.